Chai with Manjula ...a show about giving since 2007
Organization: Akshaya Patra, USA www.foodforeducation.org
Dr. Deepak Chopra
Author, Physician, and Spiritual Guide of international acclaim Founder, The Chopra Foundation Member, Advisory Board, Akshaya Patra, USA
Dr. Gururaj Desh Deshpande
Entrepreneur/Visionary/Philanthropist Co-Chair, Advisory Council to President Obama on Innovation and Employment Founder, The Deshpande Foundation Chair, Advisory Board, Akshaya Patra, USA
President/CEO, Akshaya Patra, USA
The Akshaya Patra Foundation Akshaya Patra, a nonprofit organization, simultaneously addresses two of the most pressing challenges –hunger and access to education for children in India. In the last 10 years the org. has scaled its operations and expanded its reach from 1,500 children in 5 schools to 1.3 million children daily in over 8000 schools from 18 kitchens in eight states, with its groundbreaking model that includes innovation, good management, smart engineering, and public/private partnerships. These nutritious meals that cost only $30 a year per child, serve as an incentive for children to come to school, stay in school and to focus on learning.
The organization has won President Obama's commendation, for its imaginative approach that has the potential to serve as a model for other countries.
In the last segment of the show, "Artists making a Difference", there is a Tabla performance by Shonali Srivastava.